04 Jul 2022

Window Covering Choices That Will Keep Your Home Warmer in Winter

With winter well and truly on the horizon, it’s time to start preparing your home for the cold months ahead – keeping the cold out and warmth in should be a top priority. Did you know that window covering can be incredibly effective at sealing out cold air? Whilst all treatments are able to do this, it is important to consider that some are more successful than others. We’ve put together this list of 6 of the best coverings for keeping your home warmer.

  1. Cellular Blinds
    Known for being the most energy efficient window treatments currently on the market, they help to block out heat during the summer and maintain comfortable inside temperatures during the winter. They’re also known as honeycomb shades due to their distinctive honeycomb design, which creates an air pocket between the glass and your home that acts as an insulator. Double cell is a great option if keeping in warmth is your goal.
  2. Curtains
    If you don’t want to replace your existing window coverings, curtains can be a great way to add extra insulation over the top. They can also be used on their own, but you should opt for heavier fabrics if keeping the heat in is your goal. They should extend above and below the full height of the window, as well as either side, for best results. Curtains are available in a wide range of colours and fabrics, ensuring that they can be matched with your décor with ease.
  3. Plantation Shutters
    Whilst they might not be the first treatment that springs to mind when you think of insulation, shutters actually tend to have fewer gaps compare with other coverings for the simple reason that they’re installed tight to the window frame. When the louvres are closed, a barrier is created that prevents warm air from escaping (and cold air from getting in). Both vinyl and timber shutters are equally as energy efficient.
  4. Roman Blinds
    If you’re looking for a window covering that offers both insulation and aesthetic appeal in spades, look no further than roman shades. They’re made of thick materials and consist of sealed edges, which helps to keep out the cold. For even extra protection, choose romans with a thermal backing – this will create a soft, comfortable atmosphere whilst keeping your home’s temperature at the desired level.
  5. Double Rollers
    Another treatment that doesn’t seem to go hand in hand with insulation, double roller blinds can actually be a great way to keep your home warmer during winter. The dual layers of fabric go a long way to screening your space against the cold. Keep in mind that some fabric choices, such as thermal and blockout, will provide better insulation than others. With a translucent layer, you can let sunlight in whilst keeping a barrier against the glass.
  6. Combinations
    To really winterise your windows, we highly recommend combining and layering different treatments. A combination of coverings is a great way to increase insulation, plus it can give your space an interesting and unique look. Popular combinations include cellular blinds and curtains, shutters and romans, shutters and curtains, etc. Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what sorts of combinations work for you.

Whilst you will have ideally insulated your windows before the cold weather sets in, it’s never too late to prepare your home for winter. By incorporating some of the window coverings outlined above, you can rest assured that the warmth will be kept inside – and that your home will look stylish whilst doing so. If you have any questions about the different kinds of treatments discussed here, such as roman, cellular blinds, or other blinds, be sure to contact the team at Amaru for assistance.